Equality Alabama, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, has written an open letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, accusing him of making homophobic remarks to a realtors group in Montgomery.
The Alabama Association of Realtors also issued a statement saying that Rogers made inappropriate comments during the appearance before hundreds of realtors on Jan. 23.
The Star's Tim Lockette followed a few days later:
The flap came to light after the gay rights group Equality Alabama issued an open letter to Rogers, taking him to task for allegedly making homophobic remarks at the realtors' dinner.
"You allegedly joked about how nice it was to be called “Honey” and “Sweetie” by a woman at an Alabama restaurant rather than a D.C. men’s room," Equality Alabama chairman Ben Cooper wrote in the letter.
In both news articles, no one from Rogers' office responded when asked for comment. Because neither the congressman or his office have confirmed or denied Equality Alabama's assertion, the words attributed to Rogers remain in the "alleged" category. That's not stopped letter writers from defending Rogers.
A letter in today's Star by Billy Price of Ashville notes:
Freedom means every individual has the right to like or dislike anything they want to. This applies to Congressman Mike Rogers, as well. Had Rogers been making jokes about Christian, Southern, white males or bashing them, as liberal Democrats so often do, not a word would be said about it in newspapers or anyplace else.
While Rogers has to represent everyone in his district with action and deeds as a congressman, he is not obliged to agree with them on their particular lifestyle or agenda and tell them they are right.
James Snow of Jacksonville recently expressed similar feelings:
I applaud Congressman Mike Rogers calling a spade a spade as opposed to cowering behind politically correct euphemisms.
Meanwhile, we're still wondering if the congressman will ever either confirm or deny the comments attributed to him by Equality Alabama.